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People are emotional first, logical second. Business must take this into account at all levels.
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Where is the happiest city in the USA?

Where is the happiest city in the USA? | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Is Disneyland really the happiest place on Earth?* How happy is the city you live in? We have already seen how the hedonometer can be used to find the happiest street corner in New York City, now i...
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Not SF?

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Create health, wealth and happiness in just a few minutes per day with an ancient Hawaiian healing technique

Create health, wealth and happiness in just a few minutes per day with an ancient Hawaiian healing technique | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Create health, wealth and happiness in just a few minutes per day with an ancient Hawaiian healing technique
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Let's get weird.

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Happiness Versus Living a Life With Meaning

Happiness Versus Living a Life With Meaning | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
In our hot pursuit of happiness, are we losing the meaning in our lives?
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Another semantic error. 

 

Here's how this works. The writer defines happiness as the momentary emotional state. Then say it''s more important to lead a satisfying life. Call it 'meaning." Then say meaning is more important than happiness,

 

Authors who pull this stunt are simply showing they are not very familar with the literature. 

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» 7 Reasons Why Photographs Can Boost Your Happiness - World of Psychology

» 7 Reasons Why Photographs Can Boost Your Happiness - World of Psychology | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Photographs are such a joy, and I don’t know about you, but I’m much more focused on taking photographs now that cameras and phones have evolved to make
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Photos are great reminders of good times gone by. I've done this for years.

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Why You Can’t Get More Happiness, Money and Love By Pursuing Them Directly | Max Marmer

Many things people strive for are actually byproducts of what the real goal should be. But by focusing on the byproduct instead of the goal, the desired
Jay Cross's insight:

Happiness

The real goal is finding activities you’re passionate about and consistently engaging in them.

That definition skews towards work, but consider spending time with people you enjoy being around an ‘activity’ and it can encompass romance and family time.

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In pursuit of happiness - Hindustan Times

In pursuit of happiness - Hindustan Times | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
How happy is urban India with The Big Three: health, money and sex life? The findings of the comprehensive, path-breaking 16-city HT-MaRS Happiness Survey are likely to take you by surprise.
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Lost in translation. Half of this stuff is the opposite from the situation in the US.

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10 Steps to Savoring the Good Things in Life

10 Steps to Savoring the Good Things in Life | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
We get plenty of advice for coping with life’s negative events. But can we deliberately enhance the impact of good things on our lives?
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Ten practical happiness steps. Share your good feelings with others. Take a mental photograph. 

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 28, 2013 12:57 PM

Expand the power of all things GOOD in your life by learning how to savor!


Read More:  http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/10_steps_to_savoring_the_good_things_in_life


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Character Strengths: A Research Update | IPPA

Character Strengths: A Research Update | IPPA | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
The International Positive Psychology Association works to further the science of positive psychology across the globe and to ensure that the field continues to rest on this science; works for the effective and responsible application of positive...
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Character research

VIA Classification

"Motivated strengths"

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Special Issue Introduction | IPPA

Special Issue Introduction | IPPA | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
The International Positive Psychology Association works to further the science of positive psychology across the globe and to ensure that the field continues to rest on this science; works for the effective and responsible application of positive...
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"As many have observed since his death, Chris’s encapsulation of positive psychology in the phrase "other people matter" was not just an empirical result for him; it was the axis around which he lived his life.


A wise man and pioneer dies.

 

"People matter."

 

Got that? HEY, LISTEN UP: PEOPLE MATTER. 

 

That's always the lesson. All people matter. All peoples matter. 

 

Good by, our helpful guide. 

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Going to the light side

Going to the light side | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
The quest for happiness sends millions of people into bookstores, doctors' offices and pharmacies — especially at this time of year, when well-being seems to be a national requirement.
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This reminds me of Alan Watts' The Wisdom of Insecurity. He wrote that he invariably go where he wanted when heading for somewhere else. 

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CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies in America for 2013 - CareerBliss

CareerBliss 50 Happiest Companies in America for 2013 - CareerBliss | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
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I am really skeptical about this list. Bank of America? NASA? DoD? Chase? Not the happiest places I can think of. 

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Happiness in the Workplace is Key to Employee Productivity, Study Says

Happiness in the Workplace is Key to Employee Productivity, Study Says | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Career surveys find a connection between employees' job satisfaction and their productivity, and also reveal factors that lead to workplace happiness.

 

aAmore motivated, 31% more successful in achieving their goals, and 33% more likely to assist their coworkers when compared with their unhappy counterparts, workplace contentment is an important objective for many companies.

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Are Your Employees Engaged? Here's How to Find Out

Are Your Employees Engaged? Here's How to Find Out | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
A new online tool will help you measure the strength of your company culture.

 

A ten-question corporate culture quiz

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Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy

Music video by Bobby McFerrin performing Don't Worry Be Happy.
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This is great. It will bring a smile to your face. 

 

For some, that smile will not last for another minute. 

 

You saw, you came, you lost interest. Don't worry. 

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The Myth of Happiness | Sonja Lyubomirsky | Big Think

The Myth of Happiness | Sonja Lyubomirsky | Big Think | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Overcoming the myths of happiness might make life seem more complicated, but it’s the only way to stop interfering with our own potential to be happy.
Jay Cross's insight:

Sonja Lyobmirsky's new book on Happiness Myths. VIdeo, too.

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Volkswagen and Jimmy Cliff Grant Happiness to Internet Stars in Super Bowl Commercial

Volkswagen and Jimmy Cliff Grant Happiness to Internet Stars in Super Bowl Commercial | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
To be famous on this here Internet machine, you either have to be crazy or do something crazy. Volkswagen offers happiness to some of the biggest names who fall comfortably in either category in this Super Bowl commercial...
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C'mon, c'mon. Get Happy. Take a music break.

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6 Possible Secrets to Happiness, According to Science

6 Possible Secrets to Happiness, According to Science | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Science has all the answers, right? Wrong. But it has a pretty good sense of things, a lot of the time*. So what does science have to say about the pursuit of happiness?
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Sound basic advice.

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Secrets Of America's Happiest Companies

Secrets Of America's Happiest Companies | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
“Being able to be truly happy at work is one of the keys to being happy in life,” says Heidi Golledge, CEO and cofounder of CareerBliss, an online career database. And what company couldn’t use a little more joy among its ranks?
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"In her book It’s Always Personal, Anne Kreamer points to recent research from Sigal Barsadeof the Wharton School of Business that indicates positive moods prompt “more flexible decision-making and wider search behavior and greater analytic precision,” which in turn make the whole company more willing to take risks and be more open. On the flip side, analysis conducted by the Gallup Organization found that disgruntled employees disengage and cost the American economy up to $350 billion a year in lost productivity."

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Our Mission

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Many resources about living a meaningful life. Located down the hill at U.C. Berkeley. I'm a member. 

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Character Strengths in Practice | IPPA

The International Positive Psychology Association works to further the science of positive psychology across the globe and to ensure that the field continues to rest on this science; works for the effective and responsible application of positive...
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Engaged employees are involved, enthusiastic, and further their organization’s interests. Survey research finds that the majority of employees are disconnected or disengaged from their work. Disengagement leads to poor performance and lower productivity while employee engagement leads to higher performance and productivity. A 3-year analysis of employee engagement by Crabb (2011) found that one of the primary drivers of employee engagement in organizations is the deployment of character strengths. Crabb refers to the practice asfocusing strengths and explains that the key strategies for employers are to assess employee strengths, have a conversation with the employee regarding their agreement or disagreement with the findings, find ways for the employee to use their strengths in the organization, and create ongoing support in the organization. Employers are encouraged to ask the question: "What opportunities are there within the employee’s job and the organization to foster his or her character strengths further?"

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Tom Hood's curator insight, January 8, 2013 8:51 PM

Engaged employees are involved, enthusiastic, and further their organization’s interests. Survey research finds that the majority of employees are disconnected or disengaged from their work. Disengagement leads to poor performance and lower productivity while employee engagement leads to higher performance and productivity. A 3-year analysis of employee engagement by Crabb (2011) found that one of the primary drivers of employee engagement in organizations is the deployment of character strengths. Crabb refers to the practice asfocusing strengths and explains that the key strategies for employers are to assess employee strengths, have a conversation with the employee regarding their agreement or disagreement with the findings, find ways for the employee to use their strengths in the organization, and create ongoing support in the organization. Employers are encouraged to ask the question: "What opportunities are there within the employee’s job and the organization to foster his or her character strengths further?"

David Hain's curator insight, January 9, 2013 2:54 AM

Engaged employees are involved, enthusiastic, and further their organization’s interests. Survey research finds that the majority of employees are disconnected or disengaged from their work. Disengagement leads to poor performance and lower productivity while employee engagement leads to higher performance and productivity. A 3-year analysis of employee engagement by Crabb (2011) found that one of the primary drivers of employee engagement in organizations is the deployment of character strengths. Crabb refers to the practice asfocusing strengths and explains that the key strategies for employers are to assess employee strengths, have a conversation with the employee regarding their agreement or disagreement with the findings, find ways for the employee to use their strengths in the organization, and create ongoing support in the organization. Employers are encouraged to ask the question: "What opportunities are there within the employee’s job and the organization to foster his or her character strengths further?"

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Character Strengths: A Research Update | IPPA

Character Strengths: A Research Update | IPPA | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
The International Positive Psychology Association works to further the science of positive psychology across the globe and to ensure that the field continues to rest on this science; works for the effective and responsible application of positive...
Jay Cross's insight:

Research exploded on the positive psychology scene following the advent of a scientific classification and measurement tool (VIA Classification and VIA Survey) that was developed by Christopher Peterson, Martin Seligman, and 55 top scientists in the field (Peterson & Seligman, 2004). Indeed, the impact of this project is clear in Howard Gardner’s description that it is "one of the most important initiatives in psychology of the past half-century." Peterson and his colleague Nansook Park have gone on to publish scores of quality studies on character strengths solidifying this new science of character, paving the way for countless researchers interested in studying and exploring what many call "the backbone" of positive psychology.


VIA 


very important measures. Character Strengths.

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The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2012

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2012 | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
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Sweet. Ten paths to happiness. JDI.

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7 Things That Will Make You Happy

7 Things That Will Make You Happy | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Top behaviors and activities linked with happiness.
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A few new ones here. Get a pet. Get laid. 

 

Thanks, DIana!

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Thaisa Ferreira's curator insight, December 22, 2012 12:37 PM

 It's always good to have some tips in case we forget ...

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 22, 2012 2:59 PM

Mmm.  This is lovely.  Happy to report that "get a dog or cat" made the list! : )

Kim Flintoff's comment, December 23, 2012 2:32 AM
Conventional wisdom suggests that chasing happiness in external "things" is likely to disappoint...
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Ways to Be Happy and Productive at Work

Ways to Be Happy and Productive at Work | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Employees who are the most productive are also the happiest at work. Here are five things organizations, bosses and individuals can do to have a happier and productive workforce.

 

And what do we know about employees who are happiest at work? Our research tells us that they are:

Twice as productive
Stay five times longer in their jobs
Six times more energized
Take 10 times less sick leave
And we’ve found other benefits.

Happier workers help their colleagues 33% more than their least happy colleagues; raise issues that affect performance 46% more; achieve their goals 31% more and are 36% more motivated.

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Here's The New Global Benchmark For Personal Wealth

Here's The New Global Benchmark For Personal Wealth | Humanist Business | Scoop.it
Much higher than we thought....

 

This can't be right. Americans need $75,000 to be satisfied. French need $114,000. In Hong Kong it's $197,000. Huh?

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